Loss of 'great American' Alexander Haig mourned

The former US Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, exemplified America's "finest warrior-diplomat tradition of those who dedicate their lives to public service," according to President Barack Obama.

The accolade set the tone for the plaudits that have come in for the man who was a four-star general before he turned to politics and served three presidents.

The current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said she was "deeply saddened" to learn of Mr Haig's death at the age of 85.

"He served his country in many capacities for many years, earning honour on the battlefield, the confidence of presidents and prime ministers, and the thanks of a grateful nation," she said.

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